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Question DetailsAsked on 12/14/2014

On a front loading washing machine, can a moldy rubber gasket be replaced and approximately how much would it cost

Our washing machine is only 4 years old. Like many people, we discovered that if the door is not left open between washes, the gasket gets moldy and smelly. I have tried Tide cleaner and running bleach loads, but nothing helps.

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Ahhh - another poor lost soul falls prey to the front loading washer salesman - my sympathies. Would be nice if they lived up to their advertized convenience instead of being a continuing pain in the seals.

Here is a prior question with responses about cleaning moldy door seals that might help -

Some you can DIY easilyfrom the front, others you have to remove the front panel off the machine so a bit more effort and probably a job for a tech from an Appliance Repair - Large vendor. Seal kits themselves generally around $50 but up to $150 in some fancier machines (especially steam ones). You could see if you can find the parts breakout sheet for your machine at manufacturer website or SearsAtHome website to see how easy to replace - Youtube and soem home repair websites have a lot of videos on this too.

If you need a technician to do this, usually about $75-125 for a normal visit charge depending on local labor costs, which should handle an easy install - maybe $50 range more for one where partial disassembly of the machine is needed.

One other thing to consider, especially if a model where the machine has to be opened up to replace it - is whether you do the back seal at the same time, as it is probably just as moldy.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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